After its wildly successful 2012 fundraiser “Urban Decaydence” at Marcus Jansen’s UNIT A Contemporary Art Space, which blended cocktails, fine tapas, surreal performance art and live music, the Alliance for the Arts knew it had to come up with something truly interesting and edgy for its 2013 fundraiser. That's precisely what Event Chair Jane Lane has done with Take a Nude Home.
This interactive art party begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 in the gallery and theatre at the Alliance campus in Fort Myers. The event features fine foods from some of the area’s best chefs, interactive art elements, live music from Kat Epple, Aiyb Dieng and Lawrence Voytek, and a silent auction of uniquely themed packages.
Area artists - including Marcus Jansen, Darryl Pottorf, David Acevedo and Gordon Warren - have created scores of ‘mini nudes’ specifically for this event. All attendees will literally get to take home a mini nude.
The September exhibit Exposed: Face & Figure will provide the backdrop in the main gallery. It features work by 35 area artists, remains on display until September 30, and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Take a Nude Home urges guests to explore the values and skills of the creation of art focused on the human form. It will be a night to remember. Tickets are $100 and are available online or at the Alliance.
Take a Nude Home is proudly sponsored by Dr. Stephen Prendiville Facial Plastic Surgery, Assuage Spa, Dick Prescott, Linda & Charles Idelson, with media support from Florida Weekly & Toti Media, Inc. Culinary sponsors include Crave Culinaire, Prawnbroker, Norman Love Confections, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Market 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, La Trattoria and Café Napoli. All Out Bail Bonds and Stella Artois are the beverage sponsors. Red Salon is contributing to the interactive art elements. Member Artist Gordon Warren provided the logo artwork.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 239.939.2787, or visit www.artinlee.org. Event proceeds benefit year-round educational arts programming at the Alliance.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard. On view through August 31 is Mask, a members only exhibition that affords nearly 100 artistic interpretations of the way in which masks cover, conceal, and protect the wearer and befuddle, confuse and confound the beholder. It's definitely a must-see show.